People in a park during the Almedalen Week, a democratic meeting place for everyone.
Photo: Johan Wingborg

Swedish Politics in a Comparative Perspective

Bachelor’s level
7.5 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
Part of semester
Quarter 1


We will focus primarily on two broad topics where international research has pinpointed Sweden to be a particularly interesting case:

1. The Swedish welfare state (including gender aspects) – is Sweden still the welfare state par excellence compared to other similar countries - and was it ever?

2. The rise of the Populist Radical Right movement in Sweden – is Sweden still a deviant case in terms of the type of the Radical Right party present in the Swedish parliament and in terms of how it has been treated by the other parties?

Apart from the two major topics you will get a thorough introduction to the Swedish model of democracy in a comparative perspective. We will highlight Sweden’s party system – no longer so dominated by the Social Democratic Party it once was - its electoral system and administrative divisions.

The teaching is based on research articles and books and will be in the form of lectures and seminars with assignments including a group oral presentation and individual short papers. These, and the final course essay, a 3,300 word individually written academic paper will hone your skills regarding the comparative method, academic writing and oral presentations. In terms of knowledge and analytical approach you will develop your capacity regarding the Swedish political system at an in-depth academic level.

This course is open to

Exchange students at the Faculty of Social Sciences and to exchange students on university-wide agreements. Please contact your international coordinator at the University of Gothenburg if you need to know more.


A minimum of 60 credits in  Social sciences or equivalent. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

English proficiency

If you have questions about English proficiency requirements, please contact your international coordinator at the University of Gothenburg.


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